Regional Hub Project Funding
Use the links below to find further information.
- About Ako Aotearoa project funding
- About the RHPF
- Application process
- Support for applicants
Ako Aotearoa funds change projects i.e. we fund evidence-based change projects with a high potential to benefit learners. We do not fund research projects per se, although every project will have a research element in it.
All Ako Aotearoa project funding operates on a co-funding basis and organisations must contribute financially to the project (either in kind and/or in dollars).
All funded projects will be included in our Impact Evaluation Process. This is a process that formally supports project teams to explore the impact their projects have had on learners, practitioners, and the team themselves. It is also a support mechanism to help project teams maximise the impact of their work and is part of our commitment to working in partnership with the sector.
The RHPF supports projects that:
are exploratory and/or regionally focused
provide examples of good practice; identify critical success factors and develop evidence-based, action-oriented suggestions for enhancing the effectiveness of tertiary teaching and learning practices.
RHPF projects will normally be up to $20k - $30k, that is, a normal maximum of $10k contributed by Ako Aotearoa that needs to be at least matched (in kind and/or in dollars) by the organisation. To preserve the principle of partnership we would not normally expect an organisation’s contribution to be more than twice the amount of Ako Aotearoa’s contribution e.g. if Ako Aotearoa contributes $10K, we would expect that the total contribution from other organisation(s) does not exceed $20K.
Contributions from the organisation(s) can be either dollar and/or in kind. In kind contributions can include such items as providing staff time and foregoing overheads cost etc. It is expected that at in kind contributions need to be robustly measured and accounted for.
Project proposals will be considered for selection based on the following criteria:
The project has potential to stimulate sustainable change in practice for enhanced learner benefit
- There is a clear evidence-based need for the project
- The project proposal demonstrates how the planned work either fills a gap in the existing knowledge or builds on other existing work, especially in a New Zealand context
- The project design, including the measurement of learner benefit, is appropriate and robust
- The project represents good value for money
- The project team exhibits the capability to complete the project
- The project has the potential to build impact on practice across the tertiary education sector
- The project displays the characteristics of an excellent high impact project (refer to Alkema, A. (2012). Creating sustainable change to improve outcomes for learners: A framework for thinking about projects in tertiary education. pp. 22– 24).
We also expect applicants to develop their proposals in light of Ako Aoteaora completed and in progress projects as we are seeking to support a balanced portfolio across disciplines and topics.
The RHPF fund is managed by our three regional hubs. Applications for the RHPF are accepted at any time of the year.
Applicants are expected to read:
- Ako Aotearoa Project Funding - Procedures and Guidelines (1100KB PDF)
- Ako Aotearoa Funding Policy (119KB PDF)
Proposals should be submitted to the relevant Regional Hub Manager using the form below. Funding decisions are made by the relevant Hub Advisory Group.
Download the RHPF Full Proposal Form (60KB DOCX).
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with their Regional Hub Manager at an early stage in their thinking. Regional managers will assist in the development of applications as required.